Portable music creation
The Akai LPD8 Laptop Pad Controller is a USB-MIDI controller for musicians, producers, DJs and other music creators. It measures less than 13 inches across and weighs less than a pound to easily fit into a laptop case, backpack or messenger bag for extreme portability.
The LPD8 is based on Akai Professional’s MPC line of iconic music production stations. Producers who love the feel of the MPC and want to work with software on their computer will find that the Akai LPD8 Ultra-portable production pad gives their laptop the controls they prefer over a mouse and keyboard.
Hands on control
The Akai LPD8 Controller has eight orange light-up pads that are velocity sensitive for programming rhythmic or melodic parts. The pads can also send program-change information to software. Additionally, the Akai LPD8 has eight assignable Q-Link knobs you can assign to virtually any parameters in their software for hands-on control.
Plug and play
The Akai LPD8 Laptop Controller works plug and play with Mac and PC and requires no software driver installation or wall power for operation. It has four memory banks for programming and recalling settings appropriate to different software programs you use.
Make music in any setting with the Akai LPD8 Laptop Pad Controller.
Manufacturer Akai Model LPD8 Laptop Pad Controller Dimensions (H x W x D) 28 x 210 x 80 Weight 34 g Number of Keys 25 velocity-sensitive Pads 8 velocity-sensitive, MPC-style pads x 2 banks Knobs 8 assignable controller pots Programs 4 Input Power USB Bus Powered Computer Interface USB/MIDI Included Accessories Ignite by AIR Music Creation Software
However, it's not all doom and gloom. The knobs are nice and smooth, the pads are very sensitive and nice to hit. Play this thing in the dark and the pads light up when you hit them, so there's also a degree of visual stimulation. As for the easy to use segment of my summary: I use this with my iMac. I plugged it in and it lit up. I installed the software and... never used the software again, it's a little bit useless when using DAW's such as Ableton, which have built in MIDI mapping. By the way, the mapping is simple, just click the midi button, move the parameter that you wish to assign to a MIDI trigger/knob and then twiddle/hit your desired MIDI button or knob. Simple.
This piece of kit is fairly sturdy and very light and can certainly fit in to a laptop bag. It has made creating music very efficient for me. Also, having something to physically touch aids with creativity and imagination in my opinion. So definitely get this if you're on a low budget and can't afford something big or want the simplicity or if you're like me - you're all of the above and have approximately zero room spare. It's a good buy!
This has to be one of the best pieces of kit I have ever bought for my studio. It was very simple to set-up, I just plugged the supplied USB cable into my windows laptop and downloaded the drivers from the akai website and I was ready to go.
The editor for editing the notes that the pads send to your DAW is really simple to use and only took me a few minutes (And I am no computer genius!).
It has a great overall design, which has kept it small, meaning it easily fits in my laptop bag still with plenty of room for other stuff and the rubber feet on the bottom stop it slipping around when you are playing even the most intense drum tracks.
Another feature I love about the LPD8 is the 4 pad banks. This means I can have one bank programmed to my drums, one to track solo or mute buttons, one bank for stop, play, record etc. And after all that I still have one bank free! There are also 4 banks of knobs, which can be very handy for controlling lots of different effects at the same time without having to remap everything.
But the icing on the cake just has to be the quality of the 8 touch sensitive backlit pads. These pads are the nicest pads I have used. I have used the Akai MPD 26 and the Native Instruments Maschine and Machine Mikro and I have always preferred the pads on the LPD8. It’s hard to explain but you really need to use the LPD8 to understand what I mean.
However, with my Macbook the AKAI LPD 8 was literally just a plug and play device, no time had to be spent fumbling around trying to find the correct drivers. Limited controls were only available with the Garageband ap but with more advanced DAWs i found the controller to fulfil everything it is described to do making beat making loads more fun than clicking on the screen with a mouse.
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